The Expanse

A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth's rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

Season 2

Roy

The characters are so interesting because the acting in this show is so great; I hope no one dies ever. The stakes are getting higher and the actors bring you up there with it. The effects are as good as always. The nuance in the political intrigue scenes is fantastic to watch.

8.3710

Tommy

The second season of the Expanse kicks off right where the first ends and even in the first episode the overall quality remains and even improves in some regards. One of the best things on display in this first episode is how accurate the show is to science and what we know should happen in space. The first episode cements this show as great science fiction not only because it accurately portrays a future society but how it use the limitations of things like light and sound as devices to improve the storytelling. Hopefully the other two will cover for me here but yeah everything is else is also still very good.

9/10

Matt

This episode was all about the stakes for me. Throughout the episode we start to see a continued ramp up of dilemmas that are putting the entire solar system on a knife edge.The building tension wets my appetite for more while great character moments continue to grow my fondness for our core characters.

8/10

Episode Score

84

Roy

Oh god why? Just shoot some people. Why are they back in America. I thought they were gonna get serious. Serious about crushing my dreams is more like it. This show is reminding me of Colony. And we all know you can’t spell ‘colony’ without ‘colon’. That is what this show is. A colon spewing forth horrible images and sounds.

9.7/10

Tommy

Technically this episode aired as the second in a two-parter opening for the season. Taking that into consideration, I cannot think of a better start to a season of a show. The scientific accuracy is top notch and also used to amplify some aspect of the storytelling. The characters continue to have their moments that drive the story in a compelling way and their interactions with one another feel genuine. The tension is also excellently done this episode but is centred around a space battle this time which was just awesome. This episode also contains a ton more Frederick Johnson and his gravatas is undeniable and brilliant to watch. Also there are some clever moments of subverting expectations as well which all adds up to a perfect episode of sci-fi television.

10/10

Matt

Col. Frederick Lucius Johnson scene stealing moment tops the episode for me. We also get a tremendous space battle sequences with some pretty clever product placements that I have to applaud. Great performances, fast past space battles and wonderful character moments. This show just can’t get any better.

8/10

Episode Score

92

Roy

Amos is so GREAT. What a great guy. I want a spin-off show that is just called “Amos and Pals” but he doesn’t have any real pals so it would just be him going on adventures. I started disliking that character and have slowly been warming up to him over the course of the show but this episode really cemented that feeling. So many great Amos moments. I can’t state enough all the fantastic (even non-Amos related) character moments in this show. It was only missing Chrisjen who is the top-best character. This episode continues to deliver everything that has been making this a great series bar space battles, but this show doesn’t need space battles to be fantastic. Less happened than in previous episodes (to be expected of a season premier) but the acting and writing keep me enraptured. Also poor Mormons. FLY FREE MORMONS!

9.1/10

Tommy

Love Amos. POOR MORMONS Episode 3 is much more low-key. A nice character building episode that only progresses the plot forward a smidge. Despite a lack of action, the interactions between characters remains to be entertaining and the revelations and small progressions in the story build to a satisfying conclusion that increases excitement for what is to come. Those aspects along with some nice world building make this another great episode.

9/10

Matt

This episode takes the time to unpack and deal with some recent revelations and I was fine with that, it gives audience a chance to have a rest and process all the information from the first two episodes. The interrogation scenes where my favourite moments especially because of Amos’s dialogue. Not to be that guy but this episode did leap into a character interaction without establishing the moment well enough that it did cause a little confusion. Other then that awesome storytelling and character moments as always.

8/10

Episode Score

87

Roy

The Mormons are getting their ship back. I don’t care what Tompson and Matt say. All they need to do is rotate it around and then turn the main engine on. The Mormons will fly free! I am calling it right now! Apart from that there were some great scenes with spaceships even though they weren’t shooting at each other. There was a great incident where Holden had to blow up a ship of doctors which turned into a great character moment for him and also organically introduced tension by making us think Miller was going to die. The writing in this show is so clever. Great stuff all round.

9.2/10

Matt

I love and I mean LOVE how The Expanse has been subverting my expectations (in a good way) this season. This episode takes sets up the death of a hero, makes you accept it, then Boom! Takes it in a completely different direction. This action alone turns a good episode into an amazing episode. The ending alone is worth the price of admission but then you throw in all of the great character moments (especially Holdens) and you have sci-fi that in my opinion could rival all the greats. This is must watch TV

10/10

Tommy

The plans of the previous episode to use the Nauvoo to punch Eros station into the sun are implemented this episode and it serves up great character moments for Holden and Miller. The space scenes are glorious to watch as always, the scenes with the Nauvoo take great care to show you just how monumental the thing is and the show continues to subvert your expectations of what is going to happen. There’s the tension and suspense that we have come to expect from the show and what is wonderful is pondering how the rest of the factions are going to react to the things that happened here and then how our protagonists are going to deal with that. There was one small hiccup here involving some science stuff and it really isn’t worth mentioning but this show has been so good at being scientifically accurate that when it does get something small wrong it sticks out. So that’s kind of a bummer but it was such a small thing that it had very little impact on anything else but it did take me out of the show just ever so slightly.

9/10

94

Roy

The machinations in this show are so entertaining to watch. Not just Christjen and Johnson [it was fantastic to see these characters interacting, even if indirectly], but everyone is on-point. I know I am basically repeating myself every week, but the great things about this show continue to be really great. I felt a little let down by the revelation that Julie was indirectly controlling Eros. I liked that Eros felt unknowable. This is a criticism I can’t really put on the show, rather my own preference [I am even equivocating my criticisms of this show ha!]. After this episode all the backroom manipulations and secrecy the characters have been trying to keep will come into the public eye so the dynamic of The Expanse has taken a fascinating turn that I am looking forward to.

9.35/10

Matt

What I love about The Expanse is that every episode pushes the story along at a nice natural place. This episode not only moves the story forward in a satisfying way but it also changes the scope of the series. The conclusion to this episode left me with a lot of questions for the future of this world and the show runners take the time to do it properly and it quite a beautiful way that took me aback a little plus an amazing performance from Thomas Jane just to sweeten the deal.

9/10

Tommy

The plans of the previous episode to use the Nauvoo to punch Eros station into the sun are implemented this episode and it serves up great character moments for Holden and Miller. The space scenes are glorious to watch as always, the scenes with the Nauvoo take great care to show you just how monumental the thing is and the show continues to subvert your expectations of what is going to happen. There’s the tension and suspense that we have come to expect from the show and what is wonderful is pondering how the rest of the factions are going to react to the things that happened here and then how our protagonists are going to deal with that. There was one small hiccup here involving some science stuff and it really isn’t worth mentioning but this show has been so good at being scientifically accurate that when it does get something small wrong it sticks out. So that’s kind of a bummer but it was such a small thing that it had very little impact on anything else but it did take me out of the show just ever so slightly.

9/10

Episode Score

91

Roy

Expanse starts out with some history showing the genesis of the Mars-UN conflict. Because this is Expanse, I have to wonder if this is going to have more direct and surprising relevance. I really want there to be a spin-off series featuring the antics of Amos. Amos has quickly become my second favourite character {behind the badassery that is Chrisjen, of course}. Naomi is up to no good, I can't wait to see how her scheming leads to division in the crew! There is great fighting with aliens! Shit is getting real!

9.12/10

Matt

I thought the testing of the epstein drive was a great way to bookend an episode that took some time to drop seeds of further storylines to come. All our main players get more set up for big story payoffs in further episodes. What makes The Expanse better than the rest is that when they seed the plot and story still move forward. Often Tommy and myself will say about a mid season episode “Yeah this is the cooldown and story seeding episode, kinda boring but necessary”. Not so with The Expanse, it just keeps smashing forward.

9/10

Tommy

The Expanse was great again this week with machinations and characters butting heads. Amos delivers a magical line and Chrisjen has a wonderful scene putting her boss in his place. There’s also a really nice story that runs throughout the episode that shows you the moments that kick started humanity's expansion into the solar system. It was something small and bittersweet and although it didn’t have much relevance to what happened this episode it surely has a more substantial connection to what’s happening that just needs to be revealed later. There are a few choices that are made in this episode that will probably have serious ramifications and although the episode itself was fairly slow, there’s just a lot that is dropped in here that keeps your brain engaged. The character interactions keep you in the moment but it’s these machinations that amp your feelings for the potential conflicts or solutions to come. The episode also ends on a pretty excellent cliffhanger as we finally go back to the Martian marines we have been following throughout the season.

9/10

Episode Score

90

Roy

The Expanse continues to be great. I feel like I am saying the same thing every week, but this show keeps hitting all the correct notes. It has great Amos moments. It has great Chrisjen moments. It has tension, action, betrayal and scheming. It has spaceships shooting at other spaceships. Despite most of my guesses about what is about to happen being incorrect, this is the first time I don’t even have a guess; there is something more to Bobby being left alive on Ganymede and I can’t wait to see what it is. The only problem with this episode is it showed frozen blood in a vacuum. I want this to mean something rather than being an oversight because Expanse has nailed almost everything else like that so far.

8.9/10

Matt

This episode lay some solid groundwork for the adveries of The Expanse. Which is a smart move, we’ve had a lot of solid hero moments in previous episode. This episode reminds us that threat of danger to the solar system is very real and our characters shouldn’t become too complacent. The nature of this episode helped create some great characters especially from Dawes whose golden throat may doom everyone. Naomi and Holdens slow relationship breakdown hurts my heart but could lead to some really emotion driven moments in the future so it makes me sad but at the same time makes me very excited for their upcoming conflict.

9/10

Tommy

This episode focuses alot on Frederick Johnson and what influence he has with the OPA and the battle he has with the slimey charisma machine that is Dawes. It’s amazing to watch the effect he has over the other belters, even Naomi reinforces the ideology of Earthers being above Belters despite all of the time spent with Holden and Johnson. That’s the other great thing about this episode, the majority of it deals with ideologies and the characters that are stuck in them. the rest of the episode centers on Roberta Draper the only surviving marine from the Ganymede incident waking up and confronting not only her recollection of what happened but also what role she has within the plans of the Martian military. One of joys of this show is trying to figure out the machinations one faction has and this gives just enough to speculate on what will happen next.

9/10

Episode Score

89

Roy

This episode focused on personal issues between characters; the plot itself only advanced insofar as the crew now know where they need to go next. Even when nothing is really happening in the Expanse, it is is still fabulous. Amos is, as always, a delight. For such a simple-minded character he is capable of such fascinating introspection. Still waiting on that Amos spin-off. It was upon having watched this episode that I realised we hadn’t, until now, seen Johnson’s second-in-command Drummer actually be a total badass even though it was already cemented in my mind that she was. The way Expanse intimates the personalities of its characters is remarkable. The same with the newest character, a refugee from Ganymede; I feel like I know him, not because Expanse has told me what he is about but because it has shown me in a most organic and satisfying way. Despite there being no space battles there are some incidental shots of spaceships and space stations that make me forget I am not watching a high-budget film.

8.1/10

Matt

To say that the character work on the Expanse is fantastic would do it a disservice. The introductive served as a nice wakeup call to audience members who may be getting a little comfortable with our mains. It’s through this new character's journey that we see just how lovely life in space can be to how terrifying life can get when things go wrong. This episode as one of the most sobering, heartbreaking scenes I have watched in awhile. Plus it can’t be stated enough how much of a badass Drummer was in this episode

9/10

Tommy

This episode I think for the first time in the season has no scenes in the inner system. It’s an all belter show which is actually set up really well in an early scene with inner-system refugees from Ganymede station getting spaced, setting up what will be the focus of the episode to come. The rest of the episode takes place on Tycho station and is much more on a personal level. There’s no dealing with a big threat, or the machinations of a faction’s leader, it’s all just about small character things. Naomi dealing with the rigidity of her ideology and her relationship with Holden. Alex and Amos confront each other on why they are here and Frederick Johnson has to confront his loss of influence over the belter factions. Even though there are no big things happening here, as an episode of television it is quite brilliantly executed. Like the belters spacing the inner-system people as a sign of the episode focusing solely on belters, there is a scene with the new character having a nice personal moment, sending a picture of his daughter onto a memorial wall. This scene essentially kick starts the introspection and confrontation that the rest of the characters go through for the rest of the episode. The stakes are fairly low this episode and the plot doesn’t move forward much but this episode is still brilliant.

9/10

Episode Score

87

Roy

.A great show is one which pays attention to and cares for tiny things that hardly anyone will notice or care about, things that have little to no effect on anything else in the show. I only just noticed in this episode that in the intro when it shows Mars, Deimos is a cloud of space rubble; I appreciate things like that. This episode featured a lot of people sitting around talking at each other, but since one of them was Shoreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen it was fantastic. I had been bating my breath for Sgt Draper to get to Earth because I knew the episode would feature a lot of Chrisjen and I was not disappointed. I can't get enough of the way she cuts through bullshit with her snappy quips. We got a tantalising glimpse of the happenings on Venus with Eros; on other shows this would feel teasing but Expanse somehow makes it exciting and tense despite seeing basically nothing. I was going to deduct points for the death of the Somnambulist pilot played by Peter Williams, but I can't hold anything against Expanse; it is too good. All the things about this that I keep saying are great continue to be great. Just watch this goddamn show if you haven't already.

7.9999/10

Matt

A definite lull but still filled to the brim with great character moments.

7/10

Tommy

The showdown with Chrisjen and the Martian diplomatic party goes down this episode and it is always a treat to see her be such a badass. We get more insight into what is going on in Venus but the main conflict involves the crew of the Rocinante trying to sneak onto Ganymede station and the hard hitting aftermath. A bit of a stopgap episode, showing the necessary connective tissue to the next massive conflict point. Despite that the quality of the character moments and the stake of the things that are happening keep this episode engaging

8.5/10

Episode Score

78

Roy

Somehow Expanse always feels new. It continues to build the setting even this late in the story and I am a sucker for great world building. The crux of this episode, though, was we are seeing the beginnings of shifting allegiances in some key characters. Naomi is getting disenfranchised with Holden's increasing ruthlessness; Sgt Draper looks like she is going to seek asylum with Earth after being lied to about what is happening to her team; Errinwright has come clean to Chrisjen and says he will try to make amends. Expanse makes these shifts so believable and still keeps me wondering whether these characters will actually go through with it. I am fairly certain Draper will defect to the UN, but Naomi and Errinwright? I don't think Errinwright is the kind of character to stand up for what he has done, despite what he says. Naomi and Holden have been through so much together; will she really turn her back on him? Expanse keeps me wondering in the best sort of way and that is why it is great.

8.7/10

Matt

This episode offers viewers a little more insight into Earth and it’s culture, which may not be a shiny as we once thought.The rift between Holden and Naomi is building steadily and it’s sad to watch my heros break apart. Amo’s character continues to develop much to my entertainment and Gunny has her moment which leaves us with a bittersweet ending

7/10

Tommy

A bit more of the same as last week for this episode of The Expanse. Bobbie is the centerpiece for this episode and there’s a wonderful scene where she gets a view of the ocean. We also get a look at the squalor of earth and what i really liked about this scene is there’s a tiny line that alludes to so much world building, specifically the bureaucratic nature of earth affecting its citizens. On Ganymede station we get more character moments between Amos and Prax as they detecitve their way to finding the location of Prax’s daughter. Other than that though not much happened but it’s clear things will be heating up next episode.

8/10

Episode Score

79

Roy

Expanse is such a finely constructed show. Every episode has a theme linking all the disparate events happening beyond their relevance to the plot. This time it was the characters departing from paths they had been walking for a long time: Draper defected to the UN; Naomi and Amos parted ways from Holden and Alex; and to some extent, I feel what Chrisjen and Errinwright are doing fit in with this theme too. Things are getting so serious with all these shifting allegiances I am so excited. We got another glimpse of what is happening on Venus. Errinwright has hinted that he is going to go down fighting. It is all a big setup for the final two episodes. I don't have anything else to say about this episode; I just want to see what happens next!

9.02/10

Matt

Our players are now moving into their end game positions and it feels like the clock is running out. It was very sad to see some of these characters move it opposing directions to one and other. But it is necessary to allow growth. The atmosphere is electric, action scenes are energetic and characters are heartfelt. Then there is all the window dressing in this episode to enjoy. Like our first look at the surface of Venus or the specs on the Hybrid/Alien/Weapon. Because at the end of the day this is still a science fiction show and a damn impressive one.

7/10

Tommy

This was a great episode yet again, it showed another nice artistic move to have this episode basically be an inflection point for several characters. As they sort of change their trajectory. It also had great space scenes, good amount of action, intrigue and of course character moments, the continued romance between Alex and the ship is wonderful as was the visuals of the two flying around Jupitor and its moons. One of the strengths of this show is its strong characters and seeing them split off is heartbreaking but with a side of optimism as there's also the impact they will have on their new paths.

9/10

Episode Score

83

Roy

This great show is almost over and I am sad. There were so many great scenes in this episode. Seeing that when Chrisjen is out of her element and in danger is still a badarse was great. I loved watching her spar with Mao. Naomi’s dogged insistence that everyone is good deep down inside has paid off this time but soon it is going to get her killed; and how will Amos feel about being brushed aside like that? Even this late in the season there is tension between the characters that I am actually interested in. Holden has changed so much over the season and it was really exemplified when he threatened the whole Martian battle group in a gambit that somehow worked out for him. Naomi and Holden are on the edge of something dangerous. Sadavir Errinwright totally wriggled his way back into a position of influence. It is so fascinating to me to think about how exactly he planned and executed his schemes. There is so much great stuff still happening in Expanse. I am expecting the finale to be a killer.

9.23/10

Matt

Our players are now moving into their end game positions and it feels like the clock is running out. It was very sad to see some of these characters move it opposing directions to one and other. But it is necessary to allow growth. The atmosphere is electric, action scenes are energetic and characters are heartfelt. Then there is all the window dressing in this episode to enjoy. Like our first look at the surface of Venus or the specs on the Hybrid/Alien/Weapon. Because at the end of the day this is still a science fiction show and a damn impressive one.

7/10

Tommy

The tension really ramps up this episode with Chrisjen going into Mao’s ship, Holden zealously attempts to hunt down the hybrid and Naomi tries to save the lives of people stranded on Ganymede Station. There are a ton of wonderful moments in this episode most of them hitting right at the end to set us up for the season’s finale. Salvadore digs himself out of his whole, Holden’s heroics come back into the fold and peace in the system is now very much on the brink. Even with these there are still wonderful character moments that just continue to elevate this show. Things like Chrisjen being terrified of travelling to space and the little smirks that her two companions give. Naomi has a wonderful moment that not only reinforces her character but also those of the Belters in general.

9/10

Episode Score

84

The Expanse

Roy

This great show is over and now I am sad, but what an episode to finish on! The Expanse always delivers; this time the deliverance was more than worthy of a finale. There were tense situations going on all over the solar system; there was a Proto-soldier loose on the Rocinante, Chrisjen and friends were trying to escape from Mao’s ship, and a UN science vessel was trying to get close to Eros on Venus. Each situation was interspliced at the right moments to maximise tension in the best kind of way. I got great moments from Chrisjen, Amos and the other characters that I have come to expect and love. Not only all that, but there were several incredible revelations regarding Mei, Eros and Naomi’s hidden protomolecule; each one had me interjecting at the screen. This finale was as fantastic and I expected it to be and a microcosm of the season as a whole. I am looking forward to the next season with inordinate prodigiousness.

9.56/10

Matt

Another quality episode here. But I will say that I was somewhat disappointed. It just didn't have the finale bang that I was looking for. We have some great plot twists and some seeding for season three that I am very much looking forward to. But I can't help but think a larger scale set piece would have elevated the series finale. Still a great show is a great show and The Expanse is a great show.

7/10

Tommy

You know a show is really good when you feel sadness at not having any more of it to watch. The Expanse hits that feeling and not only for the end of the season but every week. The show’s consistent quality carries through to the finale and although we don’t get anything cinematic as a cliffhanger or climax there are just a lot of little things that have huge implications that make this a worthy episode for a finale.

9.5/10

Episode Score

86

One of the best Sci-Fi shows ever made and probably the best ones currently airing. This season continues to quality of the previous, giving us fantastic character moments and interactions as well as the increasing stakes between all of the factions. plots and schemes continue to escalate, rifts are formed and more of the insidious nature surrounding the Protomolocule is revealed. The space scenes are wonderful to watch and there are some great narrative and thematic devices used to enhance the storytelling.

Season Score

86

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